Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos | Spotlight | Indy Week
Pin It

Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos 

Mel Melton's cooking, as well as his music comes highly recommended. No less of an authority then Clifton Chenier's son C.J dubbed him the "Zydeco Chef" when he and Melton were bandmates in Bayou Rhythm, which was initially Zachary Richard's back up band, in the '80s.

Melton moved from Gastonia to Lafayette Louisiana in the '60s. Melton's first musical love was Chicago blues, but he became so enthralled with the lifestyle and music of southern Louisiana that he ended up relocating there. Melton's harp skills were formidable enough to best Clifton Chenier in a harp cutting contest, winning Melton a standing invitation to play with the innovative bandleader whenever he came to town. Melton bounced around Louisiana and Texas for 20 years playing with Sonny Landreth and Chenier as well as Omar and the Howlers. One of Melton's tunes, "Congo Square," has been covered by the Nevilles and John Mayall.

Melton came back to the area in the '90s after winning the Rolls Royce-Krug Champagne Invitational Chef Competition in Chicago and has been playing his combination of Chicago blues and swampy bayou rhythms as mojo music with an ever changing cast of bandmembers he calls the Wicked Mojos ever since. Melton still whomps up authentic Cajun cuisine as well, putting out a cookbook, Cookie Boy: The Authentic Cajun Recipes of Mel Melton, in 2000. Check out the zydeco chef at Tony's Bourbon Street, Friday, Jan. 3 and at the Cat's Cradle, Saturday, Jan. 4.
Grant Britt

Latest in Spotlight

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Spotlight



Twitter Activity

Comments

i love WXYC, except fpr the low power, hillsborough hardley gets it, metaphorically speaking. the sound quality is horrible. can …

by peterhoyt on Uncle Woody Sullender (Spotlight)

almost as good a my son, nique

by peterhoyt on Uncle Woody Sullender (Spotlight)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Most Recent Comments

i love WXYC, except fpr the low power, hillsborough hardley gets it, metaphorically speaking. the sound quality is horrible. can …

by peterhoyt on Uncle Woody Sullender (Spotlight)

almost as good a my son, nique

by peterhoyt on Uncle Woody Sullender (Spotlight)

Juliette Lewis is such a great actress but shes an even more amazing singer! I am so excited she is …

by Gerard on Juliette & the Licks (Spotlight)

We the House Of God Church (Keith Dominion)in Fayetteville,NC is having a Gospel Fest for our Y.F.F.U. Dept. in August. …

by yvette 58 on The Campbell Brothers (Spotlight)

This man, as well as Jasper were very talented. They took there handicap, and made a living out of it.They …

by babyboo on Skeeter Brandon (Spotlight)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation